Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey


Electric Barracuda by Tim DorseyReviewed by Allen Hott

If you have ever visited or especially if you have ever lived in Florida Electric Barracuda should be interesting. It may be interesting and confusing or hard to follow but the Florida background will pay off. The descriptions of various sites throughout the state are interesting. They allow the reader to picture many, many places bringing back, hopefully, fond memories.

Tim Dorsey writes in such a way that the reader either is “on” with him or is wondering what Dorsey is “on”. There is hardly any in between. The pace is fast and the reading is easy except that sometimes the reader has to scratch his head and wonder what did he say?

The hero (?) in this book is a fellow named Serge Storms who happens to be a second-generation gangster/killer/nice guy. His grandfather palled around with gangsters of the Capone era. His father didn’t do quite so well in the hierarchy but never-the-less Serge has enough of the bad guy blood in him to do some not nice things. However strangely enough many of the things he does though bad still work out well.

Serge and Coleman, his forever stoned associate, are traveling the entire state of Florida visiting some of Serge’s old haunts. Oh, by the way, while they travel the law is pursuing them! Mainly because of quite a few murders that Serge is being sought for over the years. The problem is he can never be caught, as he is as slippery as a barracuda.

This time however the pack of good guys chasing him has turned into a traveling circus. Included in the group are various lawmen, state and federal; newspaper reporters; and a wacko bounty hunter who is a real jewel.

It seems as they go up, down, and across the state of Florida the good guys are just barely missing Serge and his buddy. And quite often what they find on the scene of where Serge was last seen is another dead body. The bodies always belong to people that the cops were or should have been chasing for various reasons. Serge is very particular about his victims. It seems he only does bad to the bad.

Serge ends up at the bottom of the state and while he is visiting some of his favorite old haunts in the Glades he discovers several other things about his life that he was never aware of.

There is no letdown to the action as the tale winds down but the reader will be surprised much like Serge was at some of the final happenings! Good though slightly “off” read!!

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